In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”

Roads and pathways symbolize much about life and living, choices and chances.

American poet, Robert Frost, captured some of this symbolism in his poem The Road not Taken. Just click the title for a read or a reread.

Some people just want to “follow the yellow brick road” in a story or for a diversion from their daily life.

This week, I am happy to share a photo of the newly added leaf stone pathway through my perennial & herb garden, a daily joy of summer.



This wonderful pathway ensures easy access to the rain barrel for watering the garden during the dry spells.

Also, it is a pleasant walkway for touring the garden, selecting some flowers for a vase or trimming some herbs to add to a salad or a casserole.

As I follow along these cement form leaves through the golden lilies and sweet scented lavender, I am thankful for the summer delights of a garden.

On this sunny day, I realize that I did not “follow the yellow brick road” like Dorothy but I definitely chose the road that worked the best for me! 🙂


Poetry Month , for me, always brings to mind the voices of those whose lines have captured the ages and stages of our living world.


For those who are keen about nature and the environment as captured by poets, you might want to check out The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity Press, 2013).

It is a treasure of poetry, an anthology of several hundred pages, with an introduction by poet, Robert Hass.

With a preliminary section of more historical poets such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost,  the book continues with a diverse collection of later Twentieth Century to recent poets, from W.S. Merwin to Jane Hirshfield.  The poetry ranges in format and topic, from lyrical and concrete poems to topics of bears and birds, whales and trees.

This is an epic anthology of poetry. As a salute to the scale of this collection, I made a Wordle poem of the poets, using a Moss colour palette that seemed to fit the contents of this book. Ironically, the random shape arrangement of names is almost leaf-like.

The Ecopoetry Anthology is not just a Spring read but an all-season read that will become a favoured choice on your bookshelf!

Wordle of authors made by Patricia A. McGoldrick
Wordle of authors made by Patricia A. McGoldrick

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